Selma At Morningside

Selma At Morningside

"Hate is hate."
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On Monday, March 20 Morningside College hosted a viewing of the movie Selma with a panel discussion to follow. Participating in the panel were three Morningside alumni who participated in the Selma March in some way. One marched the entire way, another marched part of it, and the other helped in voter registration efforts. Hearing what they had to say was an experience that I will cherish. Them coming and telling us what it was like was amazing. And it was something that I think a lot of us needed to hear.

With recent events many of us, both on Morningside's campus and off, have become politically involved. Many of us participated in the Women's March, and I will participate in the March For Science in Des Moines, Iowa on April 22. The one thing that they talked about was the sense of unity that they felt. And how over the years they saw that their involvement was part of a bigger movement. But there is one thing that stuck with me.

One of the participants in the panel is from Des Moines, Iowa which has recently had an Islamic Center receive a threatening letter. You can read the story from the Des Moines Register here, but as a religious studies major I had to ask how she felt about it. Her response was, "Hate is hate."

That phrase, "hate is hate," has stuck with me all night. She's right, hate is hate. And it is with the same hate that we fight against those who believe the misconceptions of the Islamic faith. Hate is hate. It is all the same. All of it. Hate for different faiths, hate for people of different sexualities, races, and nations. It is all the same.

I pray that the violence that happened during the civil rights movement never returns, though I wonder if it is the violence that occurred that got the movement the attention that it did. While needless to say that many Jewish and Muslim communities receive threats daily they do not get national news attention. Why? Is it because people aren't being physically hurt? Is it because people aren't being beaten, just threatened? I mean, I know America likes the blood and fighting in it's movies, but is that really the only thing that can get our attention?

So, to those of you who supported the civil rights movement and Dr. King back in the 60's yet don't understand why we are speaking out today, I ask that you look at the situation again. Because the same hate you are fighting against is the same hate you are now showing to another community. Let's be real folks, the hate that our country is experiencing now is the same hate that was around back then. No matter the century, no matter the movement. The hate is all the same.

If you could support a movement then, ones fighting for equality and freedom, but cannot support any now, you have some serious soul searching to do. Because I would hate for the same hate you fought against to be the same hate you developed towards a different group of people.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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In My Opinion, We Should Ban Political Parties, Even If It Is Temporarily

Political party allegiance is corrupting the minds of our Americans and the US political atmosphere.

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Let me start this off by saying I am not super involved in politics, or super informed for that matter. But what I do see going on in our country today is a growing divide between Republicans and Democrats and people with allegiance to either of those parties. Our two-party system is hurting our nation and we need to fix it.

Even media companies associated with these parties (CNN with Democrats and Fox with Republicans) are contributing to this divide. These media companies and other news outlets have started twisting stories to promote their own agendas and goals rather than reporting honestly and without bias. And these unethical actions happen on both sides and the blame does not fall only with one.

A lot of people have stopped caring about the issues that trouble our nation and are more concerned with attacking people of other political parties instead of solving our problems. Democrats have lately taken up the task of slandering Trump and trying to expose his administration for criminal activities and Republicans have focused on slandering Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez. While there needs to be some activity between the parties, overall, political parties need to have the goal of solving problems and not attacking the other. This is distracting us from the hard-working politicians out there that are doing honest work and trying to help our nation.

And this is why I propose banning political parties for a short period of time. This is a radical proposal, but I believe if politicians are forced to identify as independent then Americans will focus more on the policies and platforms of these politicians and begin to make an informed vote rather than simply voting for a candidate because of their party allegiance. Voting will require actual research rather than looking at the political party above a candidate's name. There are some good voters out there that do their research regardless, but they are in a small minority.

I understand the importance of political parties in our nation, but I feel that getting rid of political parties for a bit will shift the focus away from political parties and more towards political issues. For example, if two main candidates are selected for an election, people will have to get informed on the specific views of each politician in order to properly vote. While this may deter many from voting, the voting population will be more focused and informed on the issues that plague our nation currently.

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